When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.
…when MIT researchers spent an entire year following 2,600 employees, observing their social ties, even using mathematical formulas to analyze the size and scope of their address books and buddy lists, they found that the more socially connected the IBM employees were, the better they performed. They could even quantify the difference: On average, every e-mail contact was worth an added $948 in revenue.
The best predictor of team success is not smarts or effort — it’s how team members feel about one another.
Compelling (quantifiable) evidence supports the value of social ties at work.
But in fact, great projects, like great careers and relationships that last, are gardens. They are tended, they shift, they grow. They endure over time, gaining a personality and reflecting their environment. When something dies or fades away, we prune, replant and grow again. Perfection and polish aren’t nearly as important as good light, good drainage and a passionate gardener.
What I hope for you:
That you combine that edgy mixture of self-confidence and doubt.
That you have enough self-confidence to try new things.
That you have enough self doubt to question.
That you think of technology as a verb, not a noun; it is subtle but important difference.
That you remember the issues are usually not technical.
That you create opportunities to improvise.
Understanding customer needs and building the product to solve those needs are critical. But so is developing a process to destroy the inertia of doing things “the old fashioned way” and catalyze users to change their workflows to enact change.
When you’re doing what you love to do, you become resilient. Because that’s the habit you create for yourself. You create a habit of taking chances on yourself and making bold choices in service to doing what you love. If, on the other hand, you do what you think is expected of you or what you’re supposed to do and things go poorly or chaos ensues - as it surely will - you look to external sources for what to do next because THAT will be the habit you’ve created for yourself. You’ll be standing there frozen on the stage of your own life.